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Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

Recognizing and encouraging academic excellence in Oklahoma's public schools.

Oklahoma City, OK   |  http://www.ofe.org/

Mission

To recognize and encourage academic excellence in Oklahoma's public schools.

Ruling year info

1986

Principal Officer

Elizabeth Inbody

Main address

5530 N Western Ave Suite 100

Oklahoma City, OK 73118 USA

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Formerly known as

None

EIN

73-1260595

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Oklahoma School Foundations Network

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has helped build one of the nations largest and most effective networks of public school foundations, with 207 established to date. Through its Oklahoma School Foundations Network, OFE provides free training and resources to school foundations across the state. The network sponsors webinars, strategic planning facilitation, and other training and networking opportunities for school foundation volunteers and staff. These citizen-led, nonprofit organizations serve as a bridge between the community and the school district, raising private dollars to complement existing school budgets and encouraging community involvement in the betterment of local schools. The program is underwritten with support from Claremore community leader Frank C. Robson.

Population(s) Served
Adults

OFE is committed to encouraging and rewarding innovation among Oklahoma public school teachers. By providing teachers with exceptional professional development opportunities, teaching resources and engaging learning activities, OFE strives to deepen students' knowledge and provide them with critical thinking skills to be engaged citizens. OFE partners with the national Fund for Teachers and the Tulsa Community Foundation to help Oklahoma educators experience self-designed professional development opportunities. Since 2006, 953 Oklahoma teachers have received grants totaling more than $3.2 million. OFE also administers fellowships for Oklahoma fifth- and eighth-grade teachers to attend the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute each summer in the restored capital city of 18th-century Virginia. The program has served 980 Oklahoma teachers to date, giving educators a renewed passion for early American history and engaging lesson plans to invigorate their teaching practices.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Teachers

To support the growth and development of K-12 mentoring programs, OFE launched its Boren Mentoring Initiative Grants in 2021.

The program provides start-up grants of up to $3,000 to help launch new K-12 mentoring programs, as well as opportunity grants of up to $1,500 to help existing mentoring organizations fund programming, training and materials that advance excellence in mentoring for Oklahoma public school students. In 2023, the grants impacted 1074 mentors and 261 mentees.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Through its Academic Awards Program, OFE has provided more than $5.4 million in cash awards since 1987 to honor 100 outstanding graduating seniors as Academic All-Staters and five exceptional educators as Medal for Excellence recipients.

In February, the foundation announces the names of the Academic Award winners. Throughout the months of March and April, foundation staff visit each Medal for Excellence recipients school to celebrate and present them with their $5,000 check.

The program culminates in the Academic Awards Celebration, an inspiring event that showcases the brilliance and positive impact of Oklahomas public schools.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Teachers
Students

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Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andrew J. Morris

Jari Atkins

Anil Gollahalli

Linda Neal

Community Volunteer

Charles Oppenheim

The Oppenheim Group

Cathryn Render

RVA Market Research & Consulting

D. Craig Story

Sandy Werner

Community Volunteer

David Boren

University of Oklahoma - Retired

Susan Thurmond

Community Volunteer

Jami Antonisse

Miller Johnson Jones Antonisse & White

Paige Johnson

Ken Miller

Steve Burrage

Jenny Dakil

Mike Boynton Jr.

Farooq Karim

Neil Schemmer

Andrew Morris

Deanne Hughes

Scott Thompson

Shoney Blake

Claudia Bartlett

Ken Busby

Dan Boren

John Hargrave

Aletha Burrage

Stephen G. Butler

Annie Chang

Rick Cobb

Bill Anoatubby

Susan Paddack

Jennifer Dennis

Janet Cunningham

Bill Hill

G. Bridger Cox

Terry Davidson

Vanessa Drummond

Kathy Zervas

Diane Eason Contreras

Frank V. Cooper

Kyle A. Frankfurt

Kathryn Turner

Christa Leamon Hughes

Gail Bliss

James Calvert

Peggy Wisdom

Suzanne Thompson

Sherrel Jones

Bert Mackie

Martie Oyler

Loyd Benson

Casey Gilliam

Carrie Headington

Brian Shipp

Beth Johnson

Linda Starling

Molly Boren

John Gorton

Mike Blake

Charlotte Jones

Stewart Ryan

Joe Siano

Ruben Aragon

Jan Barrick

Julie Bates

Bob Burke

William Cameron

Chip Carter

Morgan Harris

Jean Hendrickson

Mary Jenkins

Glen Johnson, Jr.

Nancy Leonard

Noble McIntyre

Polly Nichols

Earlene Parr

Linda Rodgers

Michael Epps

Laura C Reed

Daniel Barney, II

Patricia Sholar

Charles Hall

James Howard

Stephen Holton

Gracie Montgomery

Patsy Mann

Rebecca Kennedy

Melvin Moran

Karen Henson

Kyle Dahlem

Arthur Thompson

Howard Barnett, Jr.

Sharon Bartlett

Kyden Creekpaum

Dow Hughes

Judy Kishner

Leslie Paris

Joseph Parker, Jr.

Barbara Sturdivant

Matt Trentham

Phillip Reid

Mary Michaelis

Leah Barby

Bruce Benbrook

Sonja J. Hughes

Dan Gilbert

Jason F. Kirksey

Melvin R. Gilliam

Leslie Paris

Joseph Parker, Jr.

David C. Kendrick

Erika Wright

Sheryl Lovelady

Marion Paden

Barbara Sturdivant

David Postic

Jan McClaren

Michelle Nabors

Leonelle E. Thompson

John Waldron

Melissa Woolridge

Claudia Swisher

Emily Virgin

Phillip Reid

Mary Michaelis

Dayna Rowe

Leah Barby

Bruce Benbrook

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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